The JVA has selected 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness as the 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.

This year’s honorees are an oustanding representation of what it means to be a well-rounded student-athlete and to give back to the community.

The Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders represent a variety of JVA member clubs nationwide.  All honorees are freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school during the 2016-2017 school year. Recipients of this award will be presented with an award at the JVA Midyear meeting on June 22nd at 2:30PM ET during the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL. Each student-athlete will receive an NCSA Athleadership Grant to provide guidance and exposure in the recruiting process. Click here to learn more about the award.

2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders

Kylie Dykgraaf – Rolling Thunder VBC, Setter, Class of 2018
Emily Kleck – Munciana Volleyball Club, Middle Blocker, Class of 2018
Lilly Kruse – Empowered volleyball Academy, Outside Hitter, Class of 2018
Kaleigh Lane – La Jolla Volleyball, Middle Blocker, Class of 2018
Maya Poppernik – Chicago Elite, Outside Hitter, Class of 2018
Hannah Talliere – Beach Elite Volleyball,  Libero/Defense Specialist, Class of 2018
Sara Vargo – Michigan Volleyball Academy, Middle Blocker, Class of 2018
Cara Vollbrecht – MN Select, Setter, Class of 2018
Ariel Zedric – Eastside Volleyball Club, Setter, Class of 2018
Lauren Birschbach – Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club, Outside Hitter, Class of 2019
Anna Kate Blanks – Carolina One Volleyball, Libero/Defense Specialist, Class of 2019
Madelyn Boyer Sports Performance Outside Hitter, Class of 2019
Gianna Crescenzo – Club Fusion, Outside Hitter, Class of 2019
Madison Dowd – Legacy Volleyball Club, Setter, Class of 2019
Belle Morgan – Tri-State Elite, Setter, Class of 2019
Olivia Petersen – River City Juniors, Opposite/Right Side, Class of 2019
Roxy S Shimp, La Jolla Volleyball, Libero/Defense Specialist, Class of 2019
Priya Dave – Sports Performance Volleyball Club, Setter,  Class of 2020
Ashley Stevens – Axis Elite Volleyball Academy, Setter, Class of 2020
Andersen Wade – Carolina One Volleyball, Outside Hitter, Class of 2020

To view more information on each honoree, click here. For more information on JVA awards click here.

About the Junior Volleyball Association
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events. The organization was formed in 2006 with a primary focus of being a voice for junior volleyball club directors and coaches, and to this day is the only organization that is focused entirely on youth and junior volleyball.